Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.
When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.
A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.
Promises has excellent world-building, and really great characters! I really enjoyed reading about Eviana, and Kain, and Brendan, they were different, besides the fact that 2 of them were Syrenka and one was a Selkie. The romantic conflict, and the conflict because of the romances, and then how it ended in at the end of this book, at least, well, man, does talented authors like Amber Garr love to torment us!
The world in this book, of Syrenka, or mermaids, has clans and rules and laws that while make sense, like the mating laws, aren't so practical in their use, like here, with Eviana being in love with Brendan, but being promised to marry Kain. And it's a world that is really easy to be sucked into, that you have to read more and more of it! Which is just half the fun of reading, reading a book that encourages you to take your time and read it.
I really enjoyed the romance in this book, the conflict of being torn between responsibility and love, and that Eviana genuinely cared for Kain, which just made it harder, but she had her course, made her decision that she wanted to be with Brendan, and yeah, I just loved that! Can't wait to read the next book to see what's going to happen there!
This was a really excellent book, so I hope you guys check it out, because yeah, it's great!
Author: Amber Garr
Series: Syrenka #1
Read: August 11th, 2012
Source: Review copy for Tour
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book, and there were pretty covers!
Published: December 7th 2011
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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